Jinty and Lindy 16 October 1976

Jinty and Lindy 16 October 1976

Jinty has gone back to having story pages on the front cover. Science fiction story “Girl In a Bubble” is the cover story for its first few episodes, but not exclusively; the apocalyptic “Jassy’s Wand of Power” also has the cover slot for a few episodes. (More realistic story “Go On, Hate Me!” gets a few cover spots subsequently too, so it’s not only sf in the top slot.)

“Girl In A Bubble” pits the sinister Miss Vaal against Helen Ryan, who she has been keeping in a bubble for … research purposes? To my mind one of the most striking aspects of this story is the Phil Gascoine artwork, where he is experimenting with a slightly ratty line compared to his usual smooth ones. (Only a touch mind you, he’s not going the whole Gary Panter.) “Jassy’s Wand of Power” is the other science fiction-influenced story in the issue: I find it in some ways more intriguing. There is a Great Drought that has struck the world (or just the UK?), psychic powers are outlawed, and the titular character is in both demand and danger as a real water diviner. Feudalism is on the rise, as in so many apocalyptic scenarios, which makes for some very effective cliff-hangers.

Girls comics were never short of conventional morality; “Stefa’s Heart of Stone” is a tear-jerker that can be seen as a warning against obsessional, too-close friendship, but more directly there is also a sort of comics equivalent of an agony-aunt feature: “Is This Your Story?”. This is the first episode of what they call “An emotional, true-to-life series” exploring problem stories that could hit very close to home for the girl readers. In this one, Peggy’s pet dog, Punch, is killed by a driver; she is cold towards the replacement puppy bought by her parents, until the very moment she is about to take it back to the kennels. “It was as sudden and complete as that. The touch of a small paw, the questioning, trustful eyes… and from that moment they were inseparable!”

Stories in this issue:

  • Girl in A Bubble (artist Phil Gascoine, writer Pat Mills)
  • Gertie Grit, the Hateful Brit! (artist Paul White)
  • Stefa’s Heart of Stone (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)
  • Is This Your Story?
  • Rose Among The Thornes (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Champion in Hiding (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Sisters at War! (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Jassy’s Wand of Power (artist Keith Robson)
  • Alley Cat
  • Daisy Drudge and Milady Maud

8 thoughts on “Jinty and Lindy 16 October 1976

  1. Jinty’s covers were always a weak point. The impression given is that the editor has no idea of the value of a cover in selling a comic, and doesn’t seem to have budgeted for them, so they are often reduced to cobbling together images from elsewhere in the comic. The quality and attractiveness actually goes up when they use it for story.

    1. I suspect this may be a personal preference / agree-to-disagree thing. I’d say that there are a lot of the covers between 77 and 79 that are based on images from inside the comic but which I think work very well indeed (for instance 8 April 1978, 24 March 1979). Mistyfan also would disagree I think, as per her recent post on 1 March 1980. In fact I’d go so far as to say that I don’t rate the story covers as highly overall as I do the montage style – though the Mario Capelli Jinx story covers are always very nice.

    2. I would be very interested in your views on what Tammy did well or less well with the covers, too – were there ones that worked particularly well for that title, or a good run at a certain point?

      1. Tammy started off with Tammy on the cover. A girl doing pretty normal things. A rather staid style that belied the dark and cruel stories inside. Later Tammy had the Cover Girls, drawn by John Richardson, who were used for humorous effects, and the humour was incorporated with a punning blurb to sell the comic. Tammy often invited readers to suggest ideas for the cover girls, with the winner getting a cash prize.

        By late 1980 stories started on the front cover. This was usually Bella, but other stories were sometimes used, such as Sandy and Jump, Jump Julia.

        In mid 1982, the new look Tammy – where credits had also started, switched to panel covers featuring stories or happy-looking covers with blurbs to sell Tammy.

  2. And let’s not forget the sports covers drawn by Mario Capaldi 1980-1, to be replaced by blow ups of the spot illustrations in the text stories. These were also drawn by Capaldi. What are your views on those? Personally, I missed the covers with panels from inside.

  3. Personally I love the cover girls. Their comic obsession always amuses me, and there are occasions when even they seem to be wincing from the terribleness of the pun that week.

    A high spot was the issue where they are protesting the change of management of their newsagent, holding placards demanding the return of Finley-Day, the outgoing editor of the comic.

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